Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Last GE Plot Home Tour - I promise

Hello, Dear Ones and this is the very last Historic GE Plot Home Tour. I want to thank you all for coming along with me on these tours. It's been fun learning about the new area we live in and I just had to share it all with you because I love you so much.
 This is the 1900 Edwin Wilbur Rice home and is a Queen Anne Shingle Style home. It sits on five prime lots and is right in front of the Union College. Again, I'll give you a little info about Union College from Wikipedia:
      Union College is a private, non-denominational liberal arts college located in  
Schenectady, New York, United States. Founded in 1795, it was the first institution
 of higher learning chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. In the 19th 
century, it became the "Mother of Fraternities",[6] as three of the earliest  
such organizations were established there. After 175 years as a 
traditional all-male institution, Union College began enrolling women in 1970.
Y'all, that's an olden college!!
Edwin Wilbur Rice was the second president of The General Electric Company. He served as president from 1913 - 1922. He was also the President of the Schenectady Realty Company which later became known as the GE Realty Plot. This house today is owned by Union College and is called Abbe Hall home to the Office of College Relations.
Okie Dokie! Let's go inside. Look at the lovely leaded glass in the door's window.
The restoration of the house was made possible by a gift from and an alumni. Very nice! The house was decorated with Mission Style furniture that go very well with the style of the home. Have you ever seen sofas like this before?
I've never had any Mission Style furniture but I do like these sofas.
Can you imagine all of this lovely space just used for meetings and such? Love those chairs by the way.
The wallpaper in the dining room was so unusual. We learned it was original and had been carefully taken down, sent to the Art Institute in Williamstown to be restored and then reinstalled. It looked a little like painted on canvas.
More of those cool chairs. We were only allowed to tour the downstairs so that's all I have to show you.
But as we walked out the door, there was the old carriage house. Couldn't go in there either. Poop!
Did I just say poop? Yep, I did, sorry. But the plantings were gorgeous.
The home was surround by huge trees, bushes and flowering bushes.

Well, Dear Ones, that's the last historic home to show you. Hope you've enjoyed the tours. I want to wish you all a very happy blessed Father's Day weekend.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Reach Out, I'll Be There

Now, if you feel that you can't go on
All your hope is gone
Life is filled with much confusion
Happiness is just an illusion
And your world is tumblin' down
Darling, reach out
Reach out
I'll be there to love and shelter you
I'll be there, I'll always see you through
Wait a minute girl
When you feel lost and about to give up
And your best just ain't good enough
And your world is growin' cold
And you keep driftin' up on your own
Take my hand baby
Darling, reach out
Reach out
I'll be there to love and shelter you
I'll be there, I'll always see you through
I'll be there to give you all the love you need
I'll be there, you can always depend on me
I can tell the way you hang your head
You're alone and afraid
Through your tears you look around
There is no peace of mind to be found
Take my hand baby
Darlin' reach out
Reach out
I'll be there to love and shelter you
I'll be there, I'll always see you through
I'll be there to give you all the love you need
I'll be there, you can always depend on me
I'll be there, whenever you want me
I'll be there, whenever you need me
I'll be there, whenever you want me
I'll be there, whenever you need me
~ sung by The Four Tops

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I don't know why but it always makes me sad that those old beautiful homes are turned into office buildings or commercial buildings. I love to see them used for the families they were intended for. The woodwork is beautiful. I've enjoyed the tours.

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  2. Thank goodness someone is preserving this instead of tearing it down! Bulldozers are bad news to old houses. I think the windows are beautiful. Thanks for sharing these homes with us!

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  3. Very pretty Sheila ! Love the tour!

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  4. It's been awhile, so nice to visit once again.Enjoyed the beautiful home.Pretty wood through out, like so many historic homes. Looked like there was such nice weather for Your day out.I visited the area in 1976 and it was lovely.Hugs Denise

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  5. It's been awhile, so nice to visit once again.Enjoyed the beautiful home.Pretty wood through out, like so many historic homes. Looked like there was such nice weather for Your day out.I visited the area in 1976 and it was lovely.Hugs Denise

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  6. Beautiful home!! Glad it is preserved!! Yes, I've seen those sofas many times along with the rest of the furniture and the lamps as well. Mission is very popular in NYS, thanks to William Morris, Stickley, Tiffany, and Wright. Most of the old universities, campus buildings, libraries, and turn of the century homes are all filled with Mission. It is straight forward handcrafted elements, back to nature, using natural materials. Mostly oak or cherry is used from the Cherry Valley south of Syracuse. And they used muddied colors such as lilac, sage greens, browns, very outdoorsie!!! Sorry I went on....love this style!! It originated in Scotland as a movement to abandon heavy Victorian style, more aesthetic....and natural. xoxoxo

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  7. I am a huge Mission furniture fan. My greatest furniture possessions are my Stickley table and lamp. I love this house desperately and oh, how I envy your visit!

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  8. I really liked those sofas, different but kind of cool. The house was rather dark (like mine, too many trees so not much sunshine gets through the windows). Not my fave house (tho it is for others). But thanks so much for taking us along on all the house tours, it was fun!

    Mary

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  9. What a beautiful home! I would have been bummed too not to see the carriage house, it's lovely. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. This is a huge, beautiful house Shelia!! Wow! My favorite parts are the wallpaper in the dining room and those WONDERFUL windows in the eating area. How I would love to have those in our home. Thanks for sharing these tours with us and have a great day!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  11. A great series! I love the weathered shake, and the interior details are elegant and timeless. I was also captivated by the blooming hydrangeas. Mine just won't bloom, so I'm going to try bloom boost and see what happens. Have a great week!

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  12. Hi Shelia! maybe you could throw a 'home tour' in as a regular feature - I'd never tire of them. Just been bck through your home tours and they are awesome! Nothing like it here in Oz to match. Totally gorgeous! What an incredible area yu and Mr Prcious live in - I tell you though, I haven't glimpsed a balastrade as unique and lovely as the stairs back at your old place! xx great to catch up with you.

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  13. Fun to see this tour. Glad you've shared. This is a very fine example of the era. I have seen sofas like this before. They're interesting.
    Blessings,
    d

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  14. I have to go check out all the tours I missed being away from keyboard!!!

    I love you said "poop." LOL - makes those plantings so much healthier.

    Neat house. I used to have two shaker chairs and I liked how they looked but I was always knocking my shins into them. Lots of wood - I like lots of fluff instead. : - )

    Hugs.

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  15. Shelia I love the Queen Anne style, this one is gorgeous. I'm fascinated with the wall paper, I never would have thought it could be taken down and restored. Needless to say, I'll miss your home tours! Thank-you so much for taking us along!

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  16. Hi Shelia, this home was beautiful too. Love the grand look of the gorgeous interior woods with this Mission style furniture. Lovely and the garden is beautiful too. Thank you for the series and the home tours. It has been fun to go along with you. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
    Blessings to you sweet friend. Hugs, cm

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  17. Beautiful wallpaper, you're right, it does look like a oil painting or mural. Thank you for the wonderful historical home tours. Kathleen in Az

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  18. I most definitely enjoyed the tours. Love the Mission style furniture.

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  19. What's a grand home! It's a very well cared for home. You know I'm also enjoying seeing the outside of this home because of the plantings. This tour was fun!

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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)